For 886 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Child
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 886
886 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The film is striking and often charming, and any movie that places three tall, lanky types aboard a miniature boat named "Titanique" can't be slammed too much. But in the end, it's easier to admire than to love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    But while Kervel will probably have to have her own children before she fully understands the changes parents go through, she's bound to adjust to her folks' whims. Having no power of her own, what choice does she have?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Doesn't rise to the level of Bujalski's breakthrough feature "Mutual Appreciation," mainly because Swanberg doesn't have Bujalski's eye.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    About A Son may not let in anybody who doesn't already have one foot in Nirvana's doorway, but those people are invited in fully, to experience the contradictions and preoccupations of a man whose music defined his era.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Terror's Advocate offers a useful summary of the last half-century of global politics, and how changing public perceptions can make goats out of heroes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    More propaganda than cinema, and at an hour and a half, its exhaustiveness diminishes its impact. But Epstein anchors the film nicely with her own pregnancy, which occurs while the documentary is in production and comes to an unexpected conclusion before shooting ends.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even though the message that people should have the right to love whomever they want is hardy groundbreaking, Parvez captures some interesting conversations about what it means to be gay and Muslim.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Felon's dialogue is overheated and some of its plot twists are preposterous, yet it's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For all Crowley's reliance on quiet naturalism, Boy A ultimately steals a page from film noir, showing how guilt and constant hounding can turn any ex-con into the desperate animal everyone presumes him to be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Red
    Red's dialogue is a bit blunt, its characters are too broadly outlined, and the situation verges on the ludicrous at times, especially in the way these dumb kids keep committing terrible crimes without leaving any evidence. But the movie isn't meant to be an exercise in realism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Trouble The Water is infuriating in its depiction of helpless Americans getting left behind, and uplifting in the way it shows the Roberts putting their lives together, but it's also frustrating, because it lacks some focus.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There's too much "problem, solution" to Phoebe, although the movie's anxieties are believable enough to earns the moments of uplift. The film may be too concerned with being a crowd-pleaser, but it least it makes the crowd suffer a little along the way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Though the plot contrives to throw Gervais and Leoni together and then pull them apart, the two leads stay consistently in sync through it all, laughing at each other's jokes and generally sharing the kind of normal adult communication that's often missing from movies about people falling in love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What makes the movie fascinating is the particulars of the campaigns.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The film is clumsily unfunny at times--particularly when Smith makes tone-deaf efforts at gay-and black-themed comedy--and it's occasionally gross just for the sake of being gross.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Overly conventional as a documentary, but it's inspiring as a rebuttal to the declining state of the world at large. It's encouraging to know that the endurance of institutions like marriage and family could hold the key to keeping civilization intact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Yet while it isn't that hard to stay a step or two ahead of Timecrimes, the movie is still a nifty little genre piece, an old-fashioned science-fiction mind-game with a healthy dollop of "Oh, the irony."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Medicine For Melancholy offers a personal spin on the "walking around a city" genre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie goes out on a high, but until then, it plays almost like the pilot for a TV series. But it would be a GOOD TV series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Nearly a quarter of the way through Earth Days, the movie seems on-track to being just another tongue-clucking “Isn’t it a pity” doc, painted in broad strokes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What sold the original Ong Bak was the action, not the story, and on an action level, Ong Bak 2 lives up to its title.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There isn’t much to The Exploding Girl, but it’s blessedly compact, and owns its no-big-deal-ness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For all the hubbub, the film succeeds in relating Shakespeare to modern times, thanks mainly to the use of energetic pop music and the gameness of the performers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Luhrmann works aggressively for laughs early in the picture, playing up the gaudiness and piggishness of the old-guard dancers in camera angles as extreme and unflattering as a mid-'80s David Lee Roth video.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Almost as fascinating as the depiction of modern Cameroon law is the snapshot of how the 21st century has found its way into rural Africa. Cameroon has always been one of the more developed African nations, but the place where Sisters In Law takes place still consists mainly of tumbledown shacks strung together chaotically.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Because Justice is from the Wiseman school of documentaries, there's no narration and people don't share their thoughts with the camera, which means the movie can come off as a little hollow.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even though 2 Or 3 Things' central irony is blunt, Ludin's tone remains measured throughout, and never self-serving.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's so rare these days to see a documentary that aspires to be cinematic that Beyond Hatred may seem at first to be slightly better than it is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Spellbinding.